r Sandi Mann lectures in Organizational Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire and is a consultant specializing in stress and emotions. She is a regular contributor to various media outlets on these issues, including radio, television and print media. She is the co-author of Would I Lie to You? with Dr Paul Seager and also co-authored This Book Has Feelings – Adventures in the Philosophy and Psychology of your Mind (New Burlington Books 2010)
Sandi has written two titles in Hodder’s Teach Yourself series – Manage Your Anger ( 2012) and Overcome Phobias and Panic Attacks (2013) and has also written on the subject of Emotion (Hodder, 2014).
Spring 2016 saw the publication of The Upside of Downtime – why boredom is good (Robinson) in which Sandi explores the causes and consequences of boredom in the fast-paced 21st century.
This is explored again in an interview [19.04.2020] with Giles Coren on talkRadio with special relevance to current events:
“..I just totally love your book; I saw you quoted in a piece in the Sunday Times and thought this looks interesting… then I read your book and it was just brilliant, I found it just fascinating: just the right level of science, what happens to our brain, the evolutionary, the anthropological aspects. And it’s funny..”
“You talk in the book about different kinds of boredom – if people are bored now…what kind of boredom? – is it situational boredom we are in at the moment [lockdown]..?”
“One wonders if the thing we call boredom isn’t really boredom. It’s that we are feeling a lack of artificial external stimulation provided by giant companies faraway. I think the thing we call boredom may possibly be lack of distraction.”